posted on January 24, 2011 20:15 :: 505 Views
GAME AND FISH NABS COKEVILLE DEER POACHERS
AFTON- Two Cokeville men have been convicted of charges relating to the
illegal take of two mule deer bucks in western Wyoming this past fall.
One deer was poached west of Afton and the other was taken near
Gunner Gay pled guilty to taking an over limit of big game animals and
failure to tag a big game animal. Stetson Hess pled guilty to accessory
to taking an over limit of big game animals.
Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Frank Zebre sentenced Gay to 180
days in jail with 175 days suspended for the charge of taking an over
limit and 30 days jail, all suspended, for failure to tag.
Additionally, Gay was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation
and a total of $880 in fines and court fees.
Hess was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 117 days suspended, six
months unsupervised probation and $540 in fines and fees. Additionally,
both lost all hunting and fishing privileges in Wyoming and all other
member states of the violator compact for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
According to statements made by the two, Gay shot a yearling buck mule
deer in the hills west of Afton in September, but then later shot a
large mule deer buck near Cokeville in October. Gay did not tag the
first deer. The two had planned for Hess to tag the first deer but he
never purchased a license. Hess was an accessory on both occasions that
Gay shot the deer.
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